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Why would our government craft bills that allow hunters to kill bears while they hibernate, or wolves and their young in dens?

There has been a public outcry about Trump’s initiative. Looking at it further, it’s less about bears and wolves, than it is about governmental reach and what conservatives call “wrongful seizure of authority.” Of course, this was supported by the NRA and the Safari Club International.

In reality, however, most of those practices were already prohibited to sport hunters under Alaska law, and some of them, including hunting coyotes in their dens and killing hibernating bears and cubs, were permitted to subsistence hunters even under the federal regulations.

The deeper issue all along was state vs. federal control of wildlife management. Despite support from scientific, environmental, and animal welfare advocacy groups, the federal restrictions were considered intrusive and unwarranted by many Alaskans. The state filed a lawsuit in January 2017 contending that the rules amounted to federal overreach, harming the ecosystem and citizens of Alaska. With the support of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Safari Club International, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) introduced H.J. Res. 69 in February 2017 to redress what he termed a “wrongful seizure of authority”:

— Snopes

If you read the Snopes analysis you will come away with the realization that as a result of this, no more or less bears will really be affected. It’s about Obama, and undoing his initiatives, relentlessly, one after the other.

Since Trump has no real convictions, or strategy, or vision other than self-aggrandizement, he will sign anything his special interest friends and kleptocrats will put in front of him.

Bears be damned.

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Trump remarked on “Fox and Friends” in an interview Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller is “very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome.”

I find it bothersome that our President of the United States is appears to be very good friends with Vladimir Putin, and he does not find it disturbing that a foreign adversarial power appears to have messed with our elections in 2016. I find it bothersome that the president is not doing his duty, defending the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

What do you find more bothersome?

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Adulation and Sycophants

This must be the weirdest cabinet meeting in the history of the United States.

Now, children, let’s all be grateful to be here. Could each one of you all tell me why you love me, and why I am so great?

Let’s all pledge allegiance to the supreme leader of our glorious and successful country.

This makes me feel so great, so successful, so powerful.

Ahhh.

Who does this? If this had happened to me at junior high school I would have cracked up. Who subjects grown adults to peer pressure to say self-humiliating crap on national TV?

General Mattis did not look happy sitting there and going through this ridiculous procedure.

Children, all!

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Trump now claims that Comey’s testimony vindicated  him, because Comey said that he was not personally under investigation by the FBI.

This is ridiculous. Just because the FBI wasn’t investigating him does not mean he didn’t do it.

That be like me wearing a hoodie on 5th Avenue in New York, shooting a passerby on the sidewalk and melting away into the crowd. Nobody knows who I was. So I am not under investigation.

Does that mean no crime has been committed?

That’s like saying a tree fell in the woods, and because the FBI wasn’t there to hear it, it didn’t make any noise.

Let’s just wait until they threaten to lock up Flynn for treason. When Flynn faces prison, he will sing like a bird, and Trump will stop tweeting.

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So Trump sure looks like he committed obstruction of justice. We’re not even talking about the underlying possibility of treason by his staff and possibly himself. We’re just talking about his efforts of the cover-up.

Yet, here he is, making it sound like that’s all okay because Comey is the bad guy for finding out about it and leaking it? Kill the messenger, and now the alleged crime somehow goes away?

The way I see it, Comey is a national hero. Without him, the American people would not know about the kind of shit that is going down in the White House – in the name of the American people.

If Trump is eventually vindicated, and Mueller finds that he did nothing wrong, great! I will accept that. In the meantime, let’s not get distracted about the messages and messengers, let’s observe the facts.

Trump lied blatantly and openly many times on national TV. You really think he just now stopped lying?

Think again. Trump is a disgrace to our country.

 

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We have all seen it when someone pretends they have done something, or experienced something, but they really haven’t. You might remember the scene in the movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin, where he talked about feeling a woman’s breasts. After a few descriptive comments, he says “two bags of sand” and the other guys all stop and frown. “Two bags of sand???”

I am a computer software professional. I may not know all the details of the current new programming languages, but I have done many years of programming. When somebody’s nephew at a backyard BBQ starts talking about his vast experience with computers, and how he is such an expert, it usually takes me about 10 or 15 seconds of listening before I know whether the guy knows what he is talking about, or whether he is faking it.

I am not unique in this. Anyone with special expertise in a given field has had this experience of running into an impostor who is trying to impress all the girls at the party by exaggerating his skills or expertise. To the expert, he just looks ridiculous.

When Trump traveled overseas a couple of weeks ago he met with the heads of state of the G7. Every one of those individuals, whether Trump realizes it or not, is at the very top of their profession and careers. They made it to the pinnacle of power in their own country. They are expert diplomats, savvy politicians and often have advanced degrees. Angela Merkel holds a Ph.D. in Physics, and is in her third term in office as chancellor.

What do you surmise the heads of state of the G7 think of Donald Trump?

 

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President Trump’s son Eric Trump on Tuesday said Democrats are “not even people” to him after their obstruction of his father’s agenda.

“I’ve never seen hatred like this,” he said on Fox News’s “Hannity” Tuesday night. “To me, they’re not even people. It’s so, so sad. Morality’s just gone, morals have flown out the window and we deserve so much better than this as a country.”

— The Hill

Seriously? The most immoral man ever to reach high office in the United States has his son lecture us about the morality of 50% of the people in the United States?

This is the man whose father is the “grab them by the pussy” guy, who boasts that celebrities can get away with sexual harassment any time.

This is man lecturing us about morals, whose brother has his picture taken with the tail of an elephant he killed for sport.

This is the man with the dead leopard in his arms that he killed for sport.

This is man that tells us that Democrats are “not even people” after he was a Democrat himself not too long ago and could not even vote for his father as a Republican.

How can a person classify a people into two separate groups, people and not-people, simply based on political affiliation? Who are these “democrats” that he is talking about? The not-people. The immoral?

I have only one word:

Sick!

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After pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, Trump and Pruitt have been announcing that this would create lots of American jobs.

On Meet the Press on Sunday, Pruitt said that since the fourth quarter of last year to most recently, we have added almost 50,000 jobs in the coal sector.

This statement is completely wrong. There are only about 51,000 jobs in the entire coal industry in the U.S. Last month, 400 coal jobs were added. The entire U.S. mining sector added 7,000 jobs last month or 50,000 since the 4th quarter of 2016. Perhaps that was the figure Pruitt was quoting, but he carefully misquoted it so the numbers were vastly inflated.

Trump and Pruitt seem to be building up fossil fuel industries as massive job creators, which is just flat wrong. In comparison, just look at Tesla, just one company, which has over 1,800 job openings in the U.S. right now. Tesla is not known for its exciting benefits and great wages, but their high-pressure jobs in factories must be at least as good as coal mining jobs. If you had to pick a job, working in a coal mine or working for Tesla, which would you pick?

Coal is dead. It’s a dead industry, and no amount of deregulation is going to bring it back. Trump and the EPA can do whatever they want, we’re going to be buying less and less coal, and coal jobs will continue to disappear. The people are deciding, not Trump.

It’s all bluster.

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Check out the tweet above. At 3:29am this morning, Trump apparently couldn’t stand it anymore. He had to attack somebody. So he came after himself.

First, he called his Executive Order, which was found unconstitutional by the courts twice, a Travel Ban. Calling it that was exactly one of the reasons why it was struck down. So he reaffirmed the arguments of the courts here.

Then he threw the Justice Department under the bus. These are people who work for him, and under him. He tells the Justice Department what to draft, and then they draft it, and then he signs it. So telling the Justice Department it “should have” done something is like telling himself he got it wrong, or he didn’t know what he was doing at the time.

Then he made himself look like a fool. He, not the Justice Department, was who signed the Executive Order that was found unconstitutional. He was the one that signed it. It was his order, not that of the Justice Department. Is he therefore saying that he wishes he had done something different?

How would you like to work for a boss who attacks and accuses you on a whim, whether you deserve any blame or not? How would you like to work for a boss who does one thing today, and then blames you for him doing it tomorrow? Clearly, this man is not thinking rationally, at 3:29am. How can he find anyone to work for him?

And that is our President of the United States.

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1932

“How many look up to him [Hitler] with touching faith as their helper, their savior, their deliverer from unbearable distress.”

Louis Solmitz, Hamburg schoolteacher, 1932

2017

“President Trump has a magnetic personality and exudes positive energy, which is infectious to those around him. He has an unparalleled ability to communicate with people, whether he is speaking to a room of three or an arena of 30,000. He has built great relationships throughout his life and treats everyone with respect. He is brilliant with a great sense of humor … and an amazing ability to make people feel special and aspire to be more than even they thought possible.”

— Official White House response to reports that Trump berates, insults, and belittles members of his staff.

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What is with these outfits? Anyone? I thought we had the Trumpashians in the White House, instead it’s the Adams Family. And the Pope is not having any fun.

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Trump, in his first international trip, and with his interactions with the top international leaders, has showcased his ineptness and almost helplessness compared to everyone else.

In geopolitics, Russia is playing chess. China is playing Go, a game that focuses not on a decisive clash of forces like in chess does, but on strategic encirclement through subtlety, indirection, and the patient accumulation of relative advantage. The United States must strengthen its alliances to avoid a Russian checkmate and keep China from encircling a dominant sphere of influence.

ForeignPolicy.com

And there you have it. Russia is playing chess, China is playing go. I play both games, go at the Shodan level, so I understand the elegant complexity and long-term strategy. Trump is playing checkers. One clumsy move at a time, thinking he is getting immediate advantage by asking for money.

On the world stage, Trump is now meeting with the best, the brightest, and the most cunning diplomats from all nations. He cannot match them. He does not even come close. When he talks, they roll their eyes. Watch the eyes of the Pope when Trump speaks. Watch the eyes of Merkel. Hell, watch the eyes of Netanyahu when he sits there listening to Trump spewing drivel about Iran.

We Americans are viewed by the world as a nation of merchants. They think that making money is all that’s important to us, and unfortunately, our actions in the last five decades have reinforced that. We have now elected a glorified used car salesman, and while the rest of the world is trying to move on and forward, Trump is peddling 10-year-old jalopies. “Do I have a deal for you!”

Or “Iran will never have nuclear weapons, that I can promise you,” while Netanyahu rolls his eyes.

The United States, which is now taking massive steps to isolate itself away from the world stage, includes only 5% of the world’s population, but encompasses 22.5% of the world’s gross domestic product. We don’t have tact, or diplomatic skill. We play with checkers strategy against chess and go players. Frankly, we look stupid. The only reason we’re accepted anymore is because we have money, and we have big guns. With the strategy we’re applying now, the money will continue to dwindle, and with it the big guns. Decades hence, the history books will show the Trump administration at an inflection point downward, and they will indicate where the real decline of the United States actually started, and where the American century gave way to the Chinese century.

And Angela Merkel, and Emmanuel Macron, and Theresa May, and Xi Jinping, and Valdimir Putin – they all chuckle.

And I cringe.

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Remember – we didn’t elect these people that are now flying around the world in Air Force One.

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If you think science and education are expensive, try ignorance.

Just glance at this chart and you can see several phenomena:

  1. The graph is fairly linear, with a slight incline during the past two decades.
  2. At an increase of about 2-3 PPM per year, project out what it’ll be in 2100. Our grandchildren will not be happy.

 

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Tweeting this does two bad things to sabotage himself:

  1. He is defensive and complains about stuff in the past, regardless whether those events are factual, related and comparative. Makes him look weak and whining: “Look, those other guys did it too!”
  2. He implies that he committed illegal acts, since those other people also committed illegal acts, his words.

Sorry, boss, but this is not about them. This is about Trump. It’s Trump’s turn now. This is his administration. Not Nixon’s. Not Clinton’s. Not Obama’s. It’s Trump’s. If he wants to investigate Clinton and Obama, he should go ahead and make that happen. If he has a case, it should be easy to do that. It does not change there is an investigation into acts he committed that might have been illegal.

Now, at least, we will all find out. If it’s all made up, he’s good to go. If it’s not, he’s going to need to take responsibility for it. Obama didn’t do this to him.

He did it to himself.

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